August 28, 2014 archive

Beach House Mini-Sprints begin three race swing on consecutive weekends at Macon Speedway

MACON, Ill. – The Beach House Mini-Sprints race at famed Macon Speedway for the first of three consecutive weekends during the action-packed program Saturday night. The 600cc winged mini-sprints fly around Macon Speedway, and the big field of cars always shows up for the exciting wheel to wheel action.

A total of 34 cars have raced at Macon Speedway during the season, and a huge number is expected this weekend as the cars prepare for the invasion by the POWRi series on Sept. 6, when the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets and the Outlaw Micros both run double features. With so many points and cash up for grabs, that will be a big night. So the Beach House Mini-Sprint drivers will be gearing their cars up for the top level machinery and talented drivers.

Also on Saturday, GRZ FM 98.1 presents the Big Ten Street Stocks Championship. The points title will be decided with a driver’s top eight finishes among the 10-race season. Billingsley Towing Modifieds, Sportsman, Outlaw Hornets and Stock Hornets will also race.

The gals from Pop’s Place will race in Bud Light Ladies Night presented by Y103. The top two finishers will advance to the Bud Light championship. Michelle Perry, Kary Keller, Genny Hinton, Christine Vogel and Stephanie Keenan will put the pedal to the metal.

All ladies receive half price admission during Bud Light Ladies Night.

Gates open at 5 with racing at 7.

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Tight Big Ten battle rewards consistency with top 8 finishes counting toward final standings

MACON, Ill. – The Big Ten Series Street Stocks title comes down to the final race in a two-man battle at the front of the pack, and Griz FM presents the Big Ten Street Stocks Championship with Terry Reed and Bobby Beiler fighting for the big money at legendary Macon Speedway Saturday.

Reed has 496 points overall, but a driver’s points in eight of the 10 races are compiled to determine his final ranking in the series. If Reed drops his worst two points nights (a pair of 36-point nights while racing in Lincoln and Jacksonville), he enters with 496 points. Of course, Reed needs a good finish to ensure he can avoid another bad points night, like the rest of the drivers headed to the famed fifth-mile hig banked oval.

The championship driver takes home $1,000 from the season-long points fund, and the Big Ten Street Stocks feature pays $500 Saturday night at Macon Speedway. With a Dash for Cash and qualifying for the Street Stocks, it’s a special night for the dirt stock cars at Macon Speedway.

Here’s how the point total lines up with a driver’s total points plus his two worst points nights. The points fund pays through the top 10.

1. Terry Reed 496 (36-36)

2. Bobby Beiler 476 (48-34)

3. Kyle Waters 416 (36-36)

4. Thomas Riech 352 (0-0)

5. Gene Reed 338 (0-0)

6. Greg Osman 306 (0-0)

7. Brian Dasenbrock 264 (0-0)

8. Roy Magee 262 (0-0)

9. Luke Force 246 (0-0)

10. Steve Ewing 244 (0-0)

11. Bobby Eskew 198 (0-0)

12. Jeremiah Hoadley 196 (0-0)

13. Ronnie Burns 190 (0-0)


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Jones back in USAC saddle with Silver Crown ride at DuQuoin Mile Sunday


            One of USAC’s most proficient drivers, Levi Jones, will return to the cockpit Sunday night in the “Ted Horn 100” USAC Silver Crown race at the beautiful DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds.

            The one-mile oval sits just an hour southeast of Jones’ present residence of Swansea, Ill. and about the same distance southwest of his hometown of Olney, Ill. and his appearance will end his USAC hiatus, which began just over a year ago. Last year he recorded his third career Silver Crown victory in the prestigious Hoosier Hundred” in Indianapolis, Ind. and he has 28 career Sprint wins and four in the Midgets.

            Jones will pilot the famed #56 entry for long-time car owner Galen Fox, the 1994 DuQuoin winner with Chuck Gurney driving. Fox also entered the recent Springfield race with driver Jon Stanbrough.

            The 2010 and 2011 USAC Silver Crown Champion and five-time USAC National Sprint Car Champion looks forward to Sunday’s race: “It’s a race I’d like to win, for sure,” says Levi. “Not having competed full-time in a year or so, I feel like the miles (DuQuoin and Springfield) are ones where you can race and have some fun and I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to drive for Galen. “He’s definitely got a car that can win the race. DuQuoin has special meaning for me, so close to my home. We used to go to the races every year and I’ve been going there for more than 20 years now.”

            Jones’ last USAC appearance came in last year’s “Eastern Storm” Sprint races in Pennsylvania and New Jersey where he recorded three “top-10s.”

            He’ll face a formidable field of USAC Champions and Illinois veterans. They include USAC driving champions Bobby East, Tracy Hines, Dave Darland, Chris Windom, Russ Gamester, Kody Swanson, Robbie Ray, Jerry Coons Jr. and Caleb Armstrong, plus Illinois vets (Windom included) Patrick Lawson, A.J. Fike, Zach Daum, Steven Russell, Randy Bateman, Shane Cockrum and Chris Urish.

            Urish shocked the series regulars with his “Ted Horn 100” victory a year ago, while Fike also has a couple of recent victories in the “Tony Bettenhausen 100” at the Illinois State Fairgrounds which returns to Springfield next week (September 7).

            Practice at DuQuoin begins at 5 pm, followed by qualifications and the 100-mile “Ted Horn 100.”


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Years before winning at DuQuoin, Schrader fell in love with Magic Mile


(DuQUOIN Ill. – August 27, 2014) – Defending Southern Illinois 100 winner Ken Schrader is the oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards history, but he sure doesn’t act like it.

The 59-year-old Fenton, Missouri veteran will be juggling his duties in his Federated Auto Parts modified dirt car and his No. 52 Federated-sponsored ARCA car Labor Day Monday at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds.

“It’s just a little busy at times…no biggie,” Schrader said.

Schrader became the oldest winner in ARCA Racing Series history last year at DuQuoin, leading 47 of 100 laps en route to his 17th career ARCA victory overall. Schrader also won the Southern Illinois 100 back-to-back in 2006 and 2007.

“First time I went (to DuQuoin) was ’64. My dad and I went. I remember sleeping in the back of his station wagon excited as could be. I thought it was the biggest race I’d ever seen. I thought there couldn’t be a bigger race in the world than this. I love the place. Been going ever since.”

In addition to his three ARCA wins at DuQuoin, he finished second in 2003, third in 2002, fourth in 2001 and eighth in 2004. He also earned three Menards Pole Awards presented by Ansell in ’04, ’06 and ’13.

Schrader’s 2014 race schedule mirrors what one might expect from a much younger man; in fact, he’s already got 55 race events in the books – a mix of ARCA, dirt modifieds, pavement late models and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He’s won seven times this year, all in his dirt modified. He’ll be adding two more races before landing at DuQuoin, running at Atwood, Tennessee in his dirt modified this Friday and Saturday nights.

Schrader is among a growing list of entrants for the annual ARCA stock car classic at the historic fairgrounds horse track, one that includes 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel, who has five wins at DuQuoin. Only Tony Stewart’s victory in 2003 prevented Kimmel from sweeping five consecutive wins at DuQuoin.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve won one at DuQuoin, and we’re probably in our best shape ever to win again,” Kimmel said. “We’re definitely looking forward to it. The fairgrounds tracks hold special meaning for me. When you consider the names that have won there over the years, you can really appreciate the history of the place, when, back in the day, you had to do well at these places to win championships and go places.”

Dean Roper is the all-time winner of the Southern Illinois 100 with six wins in ’81, ’83, ’83, ’86, ’87 and ’94.

Impressive Past Southern Illinois 100 Winners
The past winners list of the Southern Illinois 100 includes some of the most widely-recognized names in American motorsports. Jay Frank won the inaugural Southern Illinois 100 in 1950. Just some of the winners who would follow include Marshall Teague, Indy 500 winners Jimmy Bryan and AJ Foyt, Fred Lorenzen, Don White, Norm Nelson, Jack Bowsher, NASCAR champions Rusty Wallace and Tony Stewart, Bob Keselowski, Billy Thomas, Ken Schrader, Parker Kligerman, and current NASCAR Nationwide Series driver/winner Chris Buescher.

Raceday Schedule
Practice for the September 1 Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Car Care is scheduled from 9:00-10:00 a.m. with Menards Pole Award Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 11:15. The 61st annual Southern Illinois 100 starts at 1:30 p.m. All times are local.

Media Coverage
The event will feature live timing and scoring for all on-track activity at, as well as live flag-to-flag audio coverage for the race.

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